Talent Innovation Fund

The Mind Trust’s Talent Innovation Fund awards funding to local schools, districts, networks, and organizations to support innovative strategies to attract and keep talented teachers and school leaders in Indianapolis.

An opportunity for creative problem-solvers

The Talent Innovation Fund was created to support local ideas designed to fit the unique needs of K-12 educational models across Indianapolis. We seek proposals for:

  • Increasing the number of high-quality instructional staff in Indianapolis classrooms
  • Increasing the quality of current instructional staff in Indianapolis classrooms
  • Retaining a higher percentage of high-quality instructional staff in Indianapolis classrooms
  • Increasing the diversity of instructional staff to better reflect student demographics

The ultimate goal of the Talent Innovation Fund is to develop talented educators to drive academic achievement for Indianapolis students. Applicants may be from an individual school or from a local district, school network (Indianapolis Public Schools, IPS Innovation Network Schools, or charter schools within Center Township), or organization that serves K-12 students.

Application & selection

Please allow ample time to prepare and submit your application. We recommend connecting with our team throughout your application process for support and to help resolve any questions that may arise.

At this time, The Mind Trust is not accepting applications for our Talent Innovation Fund. We are scheduled to begin accepting new applications in spring 2022. Sign up for our e-newsletter to be one of the first to know when the next application window opens.

Funding may be renewed based on recipients meeting initial application goals.

Meet the 2021-2022 award recipients

Adelante Schools
BELEIVE Schools
Educate ME Foundation
KIPP Indy Public Schools
Paramount Schools of Excellence
Purdue Polytechnic High Schools
Tindley Summit Academy
Peace Learning Center

Meet the 2020–21 award recipients

Educate ME Foundation, Inc.
Indianapolis Public Schools
Matchbook Learning at Wendell Phillips School 63
Promise Prep
Tindley Summit Academy

Get a detailed overview of how the project proposal process works and what we do to evaluate applications.